25 Best Dresses of Awards Show Season

From Angelina's emerald stunner to Mila's lavender frock, see which glam gowns made our list

01 of 25

ANGELINA JOLIE

ANGELINA JOLIE
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Though she stuck to her signature palette of black and white while promoting The Tourist, the stunned the Golden Globes red carpet in a long-sleeved, emerald Atelier Versace gown, Robert Procop jewelry and Ferragamo heels.

02 of 25

NATALIE PORTMAN

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The Oscar-winning looked like a vision of Hollywood royalty on her big night, showing off her ever-growing bump) in a violet, empire-waisted gown by Rodarte with Swarovski crystal beading, Jimmy Choo heels, a Roger Vivier clutch, and Tiffany & Co. jewelry.

03 of 25

ANNE HATHAWAY

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The Golden Globes (for Love and Other Drugs) walked the show’s red carpet in an amber Armani Privé gown embroidered with Swarovski crystals, Roger Vivier clutch, Brian Atwood platforms and Van Cleef & Arpels vintage jewels – a warm-up for her seven outfits on Oscar night.

04 of 25

NICOLE KIDMAN

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To support her Grammy nominee hubby , the Titian came up roses in a straight-from-the-runway Jean Paul Gaultier Haute Couture petal-print gown, Fred Leighton jewelry and cascading waves.

05 of 25

MILA KUNIS

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At the Oscars, the Black Swan was lovely in a plunging lavender lace Elie Saab Haute Couture gown with a grosgrain ribbon waist and peekaboo detailing, which she paired with Neil Lane diamonds.

06 of 25

HAILEE STEINFELD

HAILEE STEINFELD
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The breakout star of True Grit walked the awards show red carpets like a seasoned pro – but always in fun ensembles befitting a 14 year old. The highlight: At the Screen Actors Guild Awards, she wore a striped gown and black peep-toe shoes (both by Prada), which she kept youthful with wavy locks and a cheeky Solange Azagury-Partridge “Hot Lips” ring.

07 of 25

GWYNETH PALTROW

GWYNETH PALTROW
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She sang at this year’s Oscars ceremony, but the looked every bit the silver screen star in a fluid metallic Calvin Klein Collection column, Brian Atwood pumps and stick-straight strands. She finished the look with Louis Vuitton high jewelry earrings, ring and brooch.

08 of 25

JESSICA ALBA

JESSICA ALBA
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Just days before announcing her pregnancy, the ruled the BAFTA red carpet in a cascading empire-waist Atelier Versace gown, statement jewels, a gold Versace clutch and her hair plaited into bands of braids.

09 of 25

REESE WITHERSPOON

REESE WITHERSPOON
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The Oscar went ’60s chic in a black-and-white Giorgio Armani Privé number, worn with a voluminous retro updo. She finished her look with $1 million worth of Neil Lane diamond and emerald jewelry.

10 of 25

JENNIFER LOPEZ

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The new American Idol brought disco back to the Grammys red carpet, wearing her heavy-metal, long-sleeved Emilio Pucci minidress with spiked Christian Louboutin peep-toes, Cartier diamonds and a Daniel Swarovski clutch.

11 of 25

SANDRA BULLOCK

SANDRA BULLOCK
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Last year’s Best Actress made a triumphant return to the Oscars red carpet in a strapless, scarlet Vera Wang gown, crimson VBH clutch and Harry Winston earrings and bangle.

12 of 25

CLAIRE DANES

CLAIRE DANES
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The Golden Globes (for Temple Grandin) was elegant in an attention-getting custom Calvin Klein Collection neon silk halter dress with a gold box clutch from the designer, along with Roger Vivier sandals and Fred Leighton jewels.

13 of 25

JENNIFER LAWRENCE

JENNIFER LAWRENCE
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At the 2011 SAG Awards

14 of 25

LEA MICHELE

LEA MICHELE
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The Glee was a standout at the SAGs in her beaded Oscar de la Renta gown, Daniel Swarovski clutch and $1 million worth of Tiffany & Co. jewelry.

15 of 25

SELENA GOMEZ

SELENA GOMEZ
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Red-hot romance! To officially step out as a couple with beau , the stunned in a Dolce & Gabbana number, which she finished off with a Judith Leiber clutch and Brian Atwood pumps.

16 of 25

DIANNA AGRON

DIANNA AGRON
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“I’ve never felt girlier!” the SAG Awards nominee for Glee gushed of her beaded tea-length Chanel Haute Couture dress, Fred Leighton jewels, platform pumps and pretty beaded Ferragamo clutch.

17 of 25

JENNIFER LAWRENCE

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The young Oscar nominee went for minimalism in a fire-engine red Calvin Klein Collection dress to showcase her figure, paired with simply elegant Chopard earrings and bangle, Jimmy Choo sandals, Judith Leiber clutch and long, loose waves.

18 of 25

MILA KUNIS

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“It’s probably the most comfortable dress I’ve ever worn,” the SAG raved of her patterned, red chiffon Alexander McQueen gown, worn along with $300,000 worth of Cartier jewels.

19 of 25

NICOLE KIDMAN

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Looks like she took our advice! The best actress (for Rabbit Hole) went ultra-feminine at the Golden Globes in a lace-back Nina Ricci gown and Fred Leighton diamond-and-enamel necklace.

20 of 25

JESSICA BIEL

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The joined beau at the Vanity Fair Oscars afterparty in a sexy gold beaded Atelier Versace Collection showstopper.

21 of 25

PENéLOPE CRUZ

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Oh baby! Just weeks after giving birth, the supported her Best Actor nominee husband Javier Bardem at the Oscars in a dramatic, plunging L’Wren Scott gown with sequined flame accents, Jimmy Choo platforms and Chopard jewels.

22 of 25

JANUARY JONES

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After daring to bare at the Golden Globes, the Mad Men ensemble nominee picked an elegant lace Carolina Herrera gown and Roger Vivier gold pumps for the SAG Awards.

23 of 25

OLIVIA WILDE

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The Tron: Legacy star and Golden Globes presenter sparkled in a frothy, embroidered chocolate-brown Marchesa gown, Tiffany & Co. jewels and studded gold Christian Louboutin booties.

24 of 25

MICHELLE WILLIAMS

MICHELLE WILLIAMS
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The Best Actress remained true to her vintage style in a short-sleeved embroidered white Chanel Haute Couture gown, which she paired with Harry Winston diamond earrings and ring and Jimmy Choo pumps.

25 of 25

THANDIE NEWTON

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Though the BAFTAs were a rainy affair, the actress’ dramatic rose-print Monique Lhuillier gown was a fresh preview of spring, a vibe which she played up with chic Solange Azagury-Partridge jewels.

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